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414 God's decrees immutable. JOB. A judgment for the wicked. take : when he hath tried me, I shall 15 The eye also of the adulterer waiteth come forth as gold.

for the twilight, saying. No eye shall see 11 My foot hath held his steps, his me: and disgniseth his face. way have I kept, and not declined.

16 In the dark thev dig through houses, 12 Neither have I gone back from the || which they had marked for themselves in commandment of his bps; I have esteem the dav-time : they know not the light. ed the words of his mouth more than my 17 For the morning is to them even necessary food.

as the shadow of death : if one know 19 But he is in one mind, and who them, they are in the terrors of the shadow can turn him ? and what his soul desireth, of death. even that he doerh.

18 Heis swift as the waters; their por14 For he performeth the thing that is tion is cursed in the carth: he beholdeth appointed for me : and many such things not the way of the vineyards. are with him.

19 Drought and heat consume the 15 Therefore am I troubled at his | snow-waters : 80 doth the grave chose presence : when I consider, I am afraid which have sinned. of him.

20 The womb shall forget him ; the 16 For God maketh my heart soft, and worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall the Almighty troubleth me :

be no more remembered ; and wicked17 Becanse I was not cut off before ness shall be broken as a tree. the darkness, neither hath he covered the il 21 He evil-entreateth the barren that darkness from my face.

beareth not : and doeth not good to CHIP. XXIV.

the widow. 1 Wickedness goethofien unpunished. 17 1 22 He draweth also the mighty with

7'' -» is a secret judgment for the cvicked. his power : he riseti up, and no man is W IY, seeing times are not hudden sure of life.

VV from the Almighty, do they that lll 23 Though it be given him to be in know him not see his days?

l safety, whereon he resteth ; yet his eyes 2 Someremovetheland-marks; they vi-l are upon their ways. olently take.way flocks, and feed thereof. 24 They are exalted for a little while,

3 They drive away the ass of the fa- || but are gone and brought low ; they are therless, they take the widow's ox for a | taken out of the way as all other, and cut

| off as the tops of the ears of corn. 4 They turn the needly out of the 25 And it i! be not so now, who will way : the poor of the earth hide them- make me a liar, and make my speech selves together.

| nothing worth? 5 Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go

CHAP. XXV. they forth to their work ; rising betimes Bildad sheweth that man cannot be justifor a prey : the wilderness yicldeti food

fied before God. for them and for their children.

THEN answered Bildad the Shulite, 6 They reap every one his corn in the l and said, field : and they gather the vintage of 2 Dominion and fear are with him, the wicked.

| he maketh peace in his high places. 7 They cause the naked to lodge with s Is there any number of his armies? out clothing, that they have no covering ll and upon whom doth not his light arise in the cold.

4 How then can man be justified with 8 They are wet with the showers of God? or how can he be clean that is born the mountains, and embrace the rock for of a woman? want of a shelter.

5 Behold even to the moon, and it 9 They pluck the fatherless from the || shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure breast, and take a pledge of the poor. in his sight.

10 They cause him to go naked with- 6 How much less man, that is a worm; out clothing, and they take away the || and the son of man, which is a worm? shear from the hungry ;.

CHAP. XXVI. 11 Illich make oil within their walls, || 1 Job reproving the uncharitabie spirit of and tread their wine-presses, and suffer Bildad, 5 acknowledgeth the power of thirst.

God to be infinite and unsearchable. 12 Men grain from out of the city, || RUT Job answered and said, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: D 2 How hast thou helped him that is yet Gext layeth not folly to them.

without power? hosu savest thou the arm 13 They are of those that rebel against that hath no strength? the light; they know not the ways there How hast thou counselled him that of, nor abide in the paths thereof.

hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plen14 The murderer rising with the light | tifully declared the thing as it is? killeth the poor and needy, and in the 4 To whom hast thou uttered word's ? pight is as a thief.

Il and whose spirit came froin thee?


Job firotesteth his sincerity. CAAP. XXVII, XXVIII. Judgment for the wickrd. 445

5 Dead things are formed from under for the sword : and his offspring shall not the waters, and the inhabitants thereof. be satisfied with bred.

6 Hell is naked before him, and de- 15 Those that remain of him shall be struction hath no covering.

buried in death : and his wilows shall 7 He stretcheth out the north over the not weep. enipty place, and hangeth the earth upon 16 Though he heap ur silver as the nothing.

| dust, and prepare raiment as the clay ; 8 Hé bindetlı up the waters in his thick 1 17 He may prepare it, but the just clouds; and the cloud is not rent under shall put it on, and the innocent shall dithem.

vide the silver. 9 He holdeth back the face of his 18 He buildet his house as a moth, throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it. I and as a booth that the keeper makeih.

10 He hıtlı compassed the waters with 19 Tlie rich man shall lie down, but bounds, until the day and night come to he shall not be gathered: he openeth his an end.

eyes, and he is not. 11 The pillars of heaven tremble and 20 Terrors take holl on him as waters, are astonished at his reproof.

a tempest stealeth him away in the mynt. 12 He divideth the sea with his power, 21 The east wind carrieth him a wav, and by his understanding he smiteth and he departeth; and as a storm hurlthrough the proud.

eth him out of his place. is By his spuit he hath garnished the 32 For God shall cast upon him, and heavens ; his hand hath formed the || not spare : he would fain flee out of his Cioked serpent.

hand. 14 Lo, these are parts of his ways: but 23 Men shall clap their hands at him, how little a portion is heard of hiin? but || and shall hiss him out of his place. the thunder of his power who can under

CHIP. XXVIII. stand?

1 There is a knowledge ofratural things. CHAP. XXVII

12 L'ut qvieclum is an excellen gift of God. 1 Job protesteth his sincerity. 8 The hyp-1 CURELY there is a vein for the silver,

ocrite is without hope. 11 The blessings and a place for gold where they fincit. which the wicked have are turned into 2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and cursex.

brass is molten out of the stone. MOREOVER, Job continued his par 3 He setteth an end to darkness, and M able, and said,

searcheth out all perfection : the stones 2 As God liveth, who hath taken away of darkness, and the shadow of denth. my judgment ; and the Almighty, who 4. The flood breaketh out from the inhath vexed iny soul;

habitant ; even the waters forgotten of 3 All the while my breath is in me, ll the foot : they are dried up, they are and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; il gone away from men.

4 My lips shali not speak wickedness, 5 As for the carth, out of it cometh nor my tongue utter deceit.

I bread : and under it is turned up as it 5 God forbid that I should justify you: | were fire. till I die I will not remove mine integrity 6 The stones of it are the place of from me.

sapphires : and it hath dust of gold. 6 My righteousness I hold fast, and 7 There is a path whichi no fowl knowwill not let it go : my heart shall not re leth, and which ihe vulture's eye hath not proach me so long as I live.

seen: 7 Let mine enemy be as the wicked, 8 The lion's whelps have not trodden and he that riseth up against me as the lit, nor the fierce lion passed by it. unrighteous.

9 He putteth forth his hand upon the 8 For what is the hope of the hypoll rock ; he overturneth the mountains by crite, though he hath gained, when God! the roots. taketh away his soul?

10 He cutteth out rivers among the 9 Will God hear his cry when trouble rocks; and his eye seeth every precious cometh upon him?

thing. 10 Will he delight himself in the Al 11 Hie bindeth the foods from overmighty? will he always call upon God? flowing; and the thing that is hid bring

11 I will teach you by the hand of eth he forth to light. God: that which is with the Almighty il 12 But where shall wisdem be fomd? will I not conceal.

li and where in the place of understanding? 12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen 15 Min knowcth not the price thereit; why then are ye thus altogether vain ? | of; neither is it found in the land of the

13 This is the portion of a wicked man living with God, and the heritage of oppressors, 14 The depth saith. It is not in me: which they shall receive of the Almighty. l; and the sea saith, It is not with me.

11 If his children be mucilice, it is! 15 It cannot be gotten for gold, nei446 The excellency of wisdom. JOB. Job bemoaneth his former firosperity. ther shall silver be weighed for the price 12 Because I delivered the poor that thereof.

I cried, and the fatherless, and him that had 16 It cannot be valued with the gold of none to help him. Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the 13 The blessing of him that was ready sapphire.

to perish came upon me: and I caused 17 The gold and the crystal cannot e- the widow's heart to sing for joy. qual it: and the exchange of it slull not. 14 I put on righteousness, and it clothbe for jewels of fine gold.

ed me: my judgment was as a robe and 18 No mention shall be made of coral, 1 a diadem. or of pearls : for the price of wisdom is 15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet above rubies.

was I to the lame. 19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not e 16 I was a father to the poor; and the qual it, neither shall it be valued with cause which I knew not I searched out. pure gold.

17 And I brake the jaws of the wick20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and ed, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth. where is the place of understanding ? ! 18 Then I said, I shali die in my liest,

21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all and I shall multiply iny days as the living, and kept close from the fowls of sand. the air.

19 My root was spread out by the wa22 Destruction and death say, We have ters, and the dew lay all night upon my heard the fame thereof with our ears. branch.

23 Gal understandeth the way there- 20 My glory was fresh in me, and my of, and he knoweth the place thereof. bow was renewed in my hand.

24 For he looketh to the ends of the 21 Unto me men gave ear, and waited, earth, and sceth under the whole heaven; and kept silence at my counsel.

25 To make the weight for the winds ; | 22 After my words they spake not aand he weigheth the waters by measure. \' gain; and my speech dropped upon them,

26 When he made a decree for the 23 And they waited for me as for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the rain ; and they opened their mouth wide thunder:

as for the latter rain. 27 Then did he see it, and deciare it ; || 24 If I laughed on them, they believed he prepared it, yea, and scarched it out. it not; and the light of my countenance

28 And unto man he said, Behold, the they cast not down. fear of the LORD, that is wisdom ; and 25 I chose out their way, and sat chief, to depart from evil is understanding. and dwelt as a king in the army, as one CHAP. XXIX.

that comforteth the mourners. Job bemoaneth himself of his former

CHAP. XXX. pirosnerity and honour. l1 Joh's honour is turnedinto extreme conM OREOVER, Job continued his par- temp/; 15 his prosperity into calamity. M able, and said, ,

RÚT now they that are younger than 2 Oh that I were as in months past, as D I, have me in derision, whose fathers in the days when God preserved me; I would have disdained to have set with

3. When his candle shined upon my the dogs of my sock. head, and when by his light I walked 2 Yea, whereto might the strength of through darkness;

their hands profit me, in whom old age 4 As I was in the days of my youth, was perished? when the secret of God was upon my 3 For want and famine they were solitabernacle ;

tary; fleeing into the wilderness in form5 When the Almighty was yet wither time desolate and waste. me, when my children were about me; 4 Who cut up mallows by the bushes,

6 When I washed my steps with but- and juniper roots for their meat. ter, and the rock poured me out rivers of 5 They were driven forth from among oil ;

men, (they cried after them, as afier a When I went out to the gate through thief;) the city, when I prepared my seat in the || 6 To dwell in the cliffs of the valleys, street !

in cares of the earth, and in the rocks. 8 Theyoung men saw me, and hithem- 7 Among the bushes they brayed; unselves: and tlie aged arose, and stood up. | derthenettiesthey were gathered together.

9 The princes refrained talking, and 8. They were children of fools, yea, laid their hand on their mouth.

chilure of base men : they were viler 10 The nobics held their peace, and than the earth. their tongue cleaved to the roof of their 9 And now I am their song, yea, I am mouth.

their by-word. 11 When the ear heard me, then it | 10 They abhor me, they flee far from blessed me; and when the eye saw me, ll me, and spare not to spit in my face. it gave willes to me:

11 Because he hath loosed my cord,

Job's prosperity turned into calamity. CHAP. XXXI. Hefirofésseth his integrity. 447 and afflicted me, they have also let loose || 4. Doch not he see my ways, and count · the bridle before me.

il all iny steps ? 12 Upon my right hand rise the youth ; | 5 If I have walked with vanity, or if they push away my feet, and they raise up my foot hath hasted to deceit; against me the ways of their destruction. I 6 Let me be weighed in an even bal

13 They mar my path, they set for- | ance, that God may know mine integriward my calamity, they have no helper. ty.

14 They came upon me as a wide break 7 If my step hath turned ont of the ing in of waters: in the desolation they way, and mine heart walked after mine rolled themselves upon me.

eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to nine 15 Terrors are turned upon me: they hands; pursue my soul as the wind : and my wel 8 Then let me sow, and let another eat; fare passeth away as a cloud.

yea, let iny offspring be rooted out. 16 And now my soul is poured out up-1 9 If mine heart have been deceived by on me; the days of affliction have taken a woman, or if I have laid wait at my hold upon me. .

neighbour's door; 17 My boues are pierced in me in the 10 Then let my wife grind unto anothnight season: and my sinews take no rest. er, and let others bow down upon her.

18 By the great force of my disease is 11 For this is an heinous crime; yea, it my garment changed ; it bindeth mel is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. about as the collar of my coat.

12 For it is a fire that consumeth to

destruction, and would root out all mine I am become like dust and ashes,

increase, 20 I cry unto thee, and thou dost not 13 If I did despise the cause of my hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest man-servant or of my maid-servant, when me not.

|| they contended with me; 21 Thou art become cruel to me: with | 14 What then shall I do when God thy strong hand thou opposest thyself a riseth up? and when he visiteth, what gainst me.

shall I answer him? 22 Thou liftest me up to the wind ; 15 Did not he that made me in the thou causest me to ride upon it, and dis- | womb make him ? and did not cne fash

ion us in the womb? 23 For I know that thou wilt bring me 16 If I have withheld the poor from Lo death, and to the house appointed for their desire, or have caused the eyes of all living.

the widow to fail; 24 Howbeit he will not stretch out his 17 Or have eaten my morsel myself hand to the grave, though they cry in his alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten destruction.

I thereof; 25 Did not I weep for him that was in 18 (For from my youth he was brought trouble? was not my soul grieved for the up with me, as with a father, and I have poor?

guided her from my mother's womb ;) 26 When I looked for good, then evil 19 lf I have seen any perish for want came unto me : and when I waited for of clothing, or any poor without coverlight, there came darkness.

ing; 27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: 20 If his loins have not blessed me, and the days of affliction prevented me. if he were not warmed with the fleece of

28 I went mourning without the sun: I my sheep; stocd up, and I cried in the congregation, 21 If I have lifted up my hand against

29 I am a brother to dragons, and a the fatherless, when I saw my help in the companion to owls.

22 Then let mine arm fall from my bones are burned with heat.

shoulder-blade, and mine arm be broken 31 My harp also is turned to mourning, from the bone. and my organ into the voice of them that 23 For destruction from God was a weep.

terror to me, and by reason of his highCHAP. XXXI.

ness I could not endure. 1 Job maketh a solemn firotestation of his 24 If I have made gold my hope, or

integrity in several duties. have said to the fine gold, Thou art my I MADE a covenant with mine eyes ; | confidence; 1 why then should I think upon a maid? 25 If I rejoiced because my wealth

2 For what portion of God is there was great, and because mine hand had from above ? and what inheritance of gotten much; the Almighty from on high?

• 26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, 3 Is not destruction to the wicked ? and or the moon walking in brightness; a strange punishment to the workers of 27 And my heart hath been secretly eniniquity ?

ticed, or my inouth hath kissed my hand:


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His zeal to speak. 28 This also were an iniquity to be fun- || inspiration of the Almighty giveth them ished by the judge : for I should have de- !| understanding. nied the God that is above.

9 Great nien are not always wise: nei29 If I rejoiced at the destruction of ther do the aged understand judgment. him that bited me, or lifted up myself 10 Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I whenevil forhin:

also will shew mine opinion. So Neither have I suffered my mouth 11 Behoid, I waiten jr your words; I to sin by wishing a curse to his soul. gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye search

31 If the men of my tabernacle said led out what to say. not, Oh that we had of his fiei ! we can- 12 Yea, I attended unto you, and not be satisfied.

behold, there was none of you that con32 The stranger did not lodge in the | vinced Job, or that answered his words : street : but I opened my doors to the 13 Lest ye should say, We have found traveller.

ll out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, 33 If I covered my transgressions as || not mani.

1 14 Now he hath not directed his words bosom:

against me: neither will I answer him 34 Did I fcar a great multitude, or did I wish your speeches. the contempt of families terrify me, that 15 They were amazed, they answered I kept silence, and went not out of the no more : they left oif speaking... door?

16 When I had waited, (for they spake 35 () that one would hear me! behold, I not, butstood still, and answered no more ;) my desire is, that the Almighty would l 17 I said, I will answer also my part, answer me, and that mine adversary had || I also will shew mine opinion. written a book.

18 For I am full of inatter, the spirit 36 Surely I would take it upon my within me constraineth me. shoulder, and bind il as a crown to me. 19 Behold, my belly is as wine which

37 I would declare unto him the num- | hath no vent; it is ready to burst like ber of my steps; as a prince would I go | new bottles. near unto hini.

|| 20 I will speak, that I may be refresh38 If my land cry against me, or that | ed: I will open my lips and answer. the furrows likewise thereof complain; 21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any

39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof man's person, neither let me give flatterwithout money, or have caused the own- ling titles unto man. . ers thereof to lose their life:

22 For I know not to give flattering 40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, titles ; in so doing my Maker would soon and cockle instead of barley. The words take me away. of Job are ended.


11 Elihu offereth himself instead of God, 1 Elihu is angry with Job and his three with sincerity and meekness, to reason friends. 11 He reproveth them for not with Job. 8 He excuseth God from

satisfying of Job. 16 His zcal to speak. giving man an account of his ways by Co these three men ceased to answer his greatness. 31 He inciteth Job io

Job, because he was righteous in his aftention. own eyes.

W HEREFORE, Job, I pray thee, 2 Then was kinded the wrath of Elihu V hear my speeches, and hearken the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kin-| to all my words. dred of Ram: against Job was his wrath 2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, kindled, because he justified himself rath- my tougne hath spoken in my mouth. er than God.

3 My words shall be of the uprightness 3 Also against his three friends was his of my heart : and my lips shall uiter wrath kindled, because they had found knowledge clearly. no answer, and yet had condemned Job. 4 The Spirit of God hath made me,

4 Now Elihu had waited till Job had and the breath of the Almighty hath given spoken, because they were elder than he. Il me life.

5 When Elihu saw that there was no 5 Ifrhou canst answer me, set thy words answer in the mouth of these three men, in order before me, stand up. then his wrath was kinded.

6 Dehold, I am according to thy wish in 6 And Ellhu the son of Barachel the God's stead: I also am formed out of the Buzite answered and said, I am young, clay. and se are very old; wherefore I was Behokl, my terror shall not make afraidi, and durst not shew you mine thee airaid, neither shall my hand be opinion.

heavy upon thee. 7 I said, Days should speak, and mul- 8 Surely thou hast spoken in mine heartitude of years should teach wisdom. ing, and I have heard the voice of thy

8 But there is a spirit in man; and the words, saying,

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